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NFL Week 13 Game Preview: Baltimore Ravens (6-5) at Green Bay Packers (7-4)

-Good morning. I’m terribly sorry for not posting in over a month. I’ve been quite busy with school and have been too lazy to update this little site. But we are back on track, so let’s preview tonight’s important game against the Green Bay Packers.
-Lambeau Field: The Ravens are making only their third ever visit to “The Frozen Tundra”. They failed to win in their first two visits. Green Bay won 28-10 in 1998. In 2001, Brett Favre torched the Baltimore D for 337 yards and three TD’s en route to a 31-20 victory.
-Ravens on Monday Night: In recent years, Baltimore has struggled in their Monday Night appearances.  Entering the 2009 season, the Ravens had only one road victory on Monday Night…ever. That came in 2001 with a 16-10 win over the Tennessee Titans. They earned their second victory this season with a 16-0 shutout of the Browns on Nov. 16. And with the exception of a 49-3 blowout of Green Bay in 2005, The Ravens lost all of the other eight Monday Nighters they played in from 2003-2008.
Ray Rice: The guy has been simply sensational. A 5 foot 8 spark plug, Rice is averaging 127.5 yards from scrimmage per game, good for 2nd best in the NFL. He has amassed 100 or more yards from scrimmage in eight consecutive games. And Mr. Rice leads all running backs in receptions (61) and receiving yards (582).
Aaron Rodgers: After patiently waiting in the shadows of Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has emerged as one of the leagues top young quarterbacks. Rodgers is tough and has a laser for an arm. He has put up some decent numbers this season. His 104.9 passer rating is tied for third best in the league. And his 8.3 yards per attempt is ranks for fourth. But his offensive line has done a horrible job of protecting him, allowing a league worst 44 sacks. One can only imagine where his numbers would if he had protection similar to a Drew Brees (15 sacks) or Peyton Manning (10 sacks).
Prediction: This game is vital for both teams, which is why it is going to be so much fun to watch. The key to the game in my opinion has to be whether or not the Ravens can get to Aaron Rodgers. Not just pressure though, because that will not be enough. They need to take advantage of Green Bay’s O-line and put Rodgers on his back. Dating to the 2000 season, the Packers have posted an 18-4 record at Lambeau in December and January regular-season games. A bunch of things have to go right for the Ravens tonight. A few big plays from Rodgers and one or two costly turnovers by Baltimore will be the difference. RAVENS 26 – PACKERS 33
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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Minnesota Vikings (5-0)

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Game Info:

Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Site: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (64,121) · Minneapolis, MN

TV: CBS

Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Dan Dierdorf (color)

Fast Facts:

– The Ravens travel to Minnesota for the first time in their regular season history. The Vikings are the last NFL team Baltimore has yet to play on the road.

– QB Joe Flacco has thrown at least a TD pass in 8 consecutive road games.

-Since 2006, the Vikings have allowed a league best 73.2 rushing yards per game. The Ravens rank 2nd during that same span, giving up just 78.6 yards per game.

– The Vikings have given up just 4 turnovers on the season, the 2nd-lowest in the NFL.

Ravens Offense vs. Vikings Defense: The Ravens offense has sputtered in the past two games. After getting off to an explosive start, there has been a lack of balance between running and passing plays. Against the Bengals last week, they had a great deal of trouble developing any kind of rhythm, going 3-11 on 3rd downs. Joe Flacco and company need to get on the board early in this contest to have a chance to win. Establishing the run, or at least attempting to, will be crucial. Minnesota’s run defense consistently ranks among the league’s best. And at 311 and 317 pounds respectively, Kevin and Pat Williams are big reasons why (pardon the pun). Pat is a savvy 13 year veteran who can singlehandedly shut down an opponent’s running game. Former University of Maryland standout E.J. Henderson patrols the middle of the field at middle linebacker and has a tremendous nose for the ball. If the Ravens are going to gain significant chunks of yardage this Sunday, they are going to have to do it by going to the outside with Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. Le’Ron McClain had zero rushing attempts in week 4 and only two last week. I’m looking for him to get more involved in the ground game this week. Receiver Derrick Mason was shut out a week ago for just the second time in 69 games as a Raven. Look for him to bounce back in a big way. Flacco is going to have to be quick in getting rid of the football because defensive end Jared Allen is simply a beast. Left tackle Jared Gaither is scheduled to return from his neck injury and play this week. Keep an eye on how he handles Allen. Two weeks ago against the Packers, Allen registered 4.5 sacks, a career high.  He also forced a fumble, and recovered it.  And he sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the end zone in the second half for a safety.

Vikings Offense vs. Ravens Defense: Adrian Peterson is widely regarded as the best back in the league today; some even say he has the potential to be one of the best of all time. He is fast, agile, powerful, and smart. He is the heartbeat of the Minnesota offense and limiting his production is priority number one for the Ravens defense. Don’t forget about former Raven Chester Taylor. He is averaging a little over four receptions a game, so expect him to get a few balls thrown his way in the flats. Baltimore is fresh off of giving up a 100-yard rusher in Cedric Benson. It will be interesting to see if they have a repeat performance of last week or if the front seven can hold their ground against this talented backfield. And at quarterback its good ole Brett Favre. Love him or hate him, he is back and he is good. He can still throw lasers all over the field with great precision. His completion percentage of 69.1 is a career high. And he has only thrown two interceptions while tossing nine touchdowns. His footwork is a little slower than it was in his prime, so if the pocket breaks down he’s very likely to be sacked. The Baltimore pass rush has to get to #4 early and often to give the secondary a chance to make some plays.

Prediction: I’d say it’s a stretch to call this a must win game for Baltimore. But they really do need a win here. Going into the bye week with a record of 4-2 is a heck of a lot better than going in losing three straight and being 3-3. The key to the game has to be the Ravens’ offense. You have to assume that the D is going to give up some big plays. With Peterson in the backfield, there’s a great chance of that happening. The offense has to be more balanced than they have been lately and Joe Flacco has to be the confident guy that efficiently won 2 road playoff games last year. All teams face adversity. Right now the ravens are facing a ton of it. They a sour taste in their mouth after losing last week at home with first place in the division on the line. They have the talent and the experience necessary to win this game and I say they do. RAVENS 31 – VIKINGS 26

Brett Favre Draws Record Cable Audience

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Oh Brett Favre. Say what you want about good old #4. Love him or hate him, the man can draw an audience! Last night’s Monday Night Football game between the Packers and the Vikings was the highest rated cable television program of ALL TIME! Favre beat his old squad to become the first QB in NFL history to have a win against all 32 teams. An estimated 21,839,000 people tuned in to the broadcast.


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